Colombia’s largest rebel group promised to halt kidnappings for ransom and will release its remaining hostages, bringing it closer to negotiating a peace agreement after waging nearly five decades of war.
Alfonso Cano, leader of Colombia’s biggest rebel group, narrowly missed being caught or killed during a military attack on his jungle camp, leaving the area just 12 hours earlier, President Juan Manuel Santos said.
Colombian forces killed Mono Jojoy , a “symbol of terror” who served as second-in-command of the country’s biggest rebel group, in an attack that may change the direction of the nation’s armed conflict, analysts say.
Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon said the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is trying to scare citizens with comments about intensifying strikes this year, newspaper El Espectador reported today on its website.
Colombia’s biggest guerrilla group wants the Union of South American Nations to mediate in its half-century armed conflict with the government, the rebel leadership said in a letter posted on the Anncol news agency website.